Published: Thu, August 29, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Should Pluto be a planet? This NASA admin thinks so

Should Pluto be a planet? This NASA admin thinks so

Even though the cosmic body was demoted more than a decade ago, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine apparently isn't ready to give up the fight. "I'm sticking by that, it's the way I learned it and I'm committed to it".

The ongoing controversy famously featured in an episode of the wildly popular Adult Swim animated series Rick and Morty, where one character is widely mocked and ridiculed for sharing his belief that Pluto is indeed a planet declaring that, "If it can be a planet, it can be a planet again!"

He declared Pluto a planet again and while you must be thinking that he must have presented a convincing point to bring the dwarf planet on the table with other planets of the solar system with equal status, it's nothing like that.

NASA official risks sparking science civil war with controversial declaration One fearless NASA administrator is refusing to bow to the prevailing scientific consensus, and is risking potential ostracization or, worse still, online ridicule, for proudly declaring that "Pluto is a planet".

Video of the exchange was posted on Twitter by meteorologist Cory Reppenhagen of 9News.

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My favorite soundbyte of the day that probably won't make it to TV. As a Pluto Supporter, I really appreciated this.

Pluto was removed from the list of nine planets in August 2006 mostly because its properties were more suited to the definition of a dwarf planet.

But in 1992, researchers discovered more than 1,000 objects orbiting Neptune that rivaled and often exceeded Pluto's size, the International Astronomical Union said.

Pluto did not meet the third criterion, which requires that a planet's orbit must be clear of other objects. In 1992, however, scientists found celestial bodies that were very similar to Pluto and which orbited the same area. The debate on whether or not Pluto is a planet, after all, has raged on since 2006. Let us know using the comments section.

"The IAU definition would say that the fundamental object of planetary science, the planet, is supposed to be defined on the basis of a concept that nobody uses in their research", Metzger said. But he is not the only one to have spoken out in favor of Pluto's place in the solar system. And ask any science student, he or she would definitely not want to learn the names of a total of 50 planets in our solar system.

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